From Middle English swete, from Old English swēte (“sweet”), from Proto-West Germanic *swōtī, from Proto-Germanic *swōtuz (“sweet”), from Proto-Indo-European *swéh₂dus (“sweet”).
Cognate and synonymous with Scots sweit (“sweet”), North Frisian sweete (“sweet”), Saterland Frisian swäit (“sweet”), West Frisian swiet (“sweet”), Dutch zoet (“sweet”), German Low German sööt (“sweet”), German süß (“sweet”), Danish sød (“sweet”), Swedish söt (“sweet”), Norwegian søt (“sweet”), Icelandic sætur (“sweet”), Latin suāvis, Sanskrit स्वादु (svādú), Ancient Greek ἡδύς (hēdús). Doublet of suave.
- (UK) IPA(key): /swiːt/
- (General American) IPA(key): /swit/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /swiːt/
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- Rhymes: -iːt
- Homophone: suite
sweet (comparative sweeter, superlative sweetest)
- Having a pleasant taste, especially one relating to the basic taste sensation induced by sugar.
- a sweet apple
- Having a taste of sugar.
- 2018 May 16, Adam Rogers, “The Fundamental Nihilism of Yanny vs. Laurel”, in Wired:
- (wine) Retaining a portion of sugar.
- Sweet wines are better dessert wines.
- Not having a salty taste.
- sweet butter
- Having a pleasant smell.
- a sweet scent
- 1838 October, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, “The Reaper and the Flowers”, in Voices of the Night, Cambridge, Mass.: […] John Owen, published 1839, →OCLC, page 8:
- Though the breath of these flowers is sweet to me, / I will give them all back again.
- Not decaying, fermented, rancid, sour, spoiled, or stale.
- sweet milk
- Having a pleasant sound.
- a sweet tune
- 1850, Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter, Ticknor and Fields, page 135:
- a voice sweet, tremulous, but powerful
- Having a pleasing disposition.
- a sweet child
- You're so sweet!
- 2017 April 13, Mitchy Collins, Samantha Derosa, and Christian Medice, “Broken”, in Finding It Hard to Smile, performed by Lovelytheband:
- There's something tragic, but almost pure / Think I could love you, but I'm not sure / There's something wholesome, there's something sweet / Tucked in your eyes that I'd love to meet
- Having a helpful disposition.
- It was sweet of him to help out.
- (mineralogy) Free from excessive unwanted substances like acid or sulphur.
- sweet gas
- sweet soil
- sweet crude oil
- (informal) Very pleasing; agreeable.
- The new Lexus was a sweet birthday gift.
- 1932, Delos W. Lovelace, King Kong, published 1965, page 1:
- Her crew knew that deep in her heart beat engines fit and able to push her blunt old nose ahead at a sweet fourteen knots, come Hell or high water.
- 14 November 2014, Steven Haliday, Scotland 1-0 Republic of Ireland: Maloney the hero
- GORDON Strachan enjoyed the sweetest of his 16 matches in charge of Scotland so far as his team enhanced their prospects of Euro 2016 qualification with a crucial and deserved victory over Republic of Ireland.
- (slang) Doing well; in a good or happy position.
- 2012, John Hoskison, Inside: One Man's Experience of Prison:
- "Visit in two days though," said Tommo. "Hang in there mate, got a joey coming, we'll be sweet then."
- (informal, followed by on) Romantically fixated; enamored with; fond of.
- The attraction was mutual and instant; they were sweet on one another from first sight.
- Fresh; not salt or brackish.
- sweet water
- 1627, Francis Bacon, “Sylva Sylvarum: or A Natural History”, in The Works of Francis Bacon, published 1826, page 66:
- The white of an egg, or blood mingled with salt water, doth gather the saltness and maketh the water sweeter; this may be by adhesion.
- 1821, Robert Thomas, The modern practice of physic, page 713:
- Nothing has been found so effectual for preserving water sweet at sea, during long voyages, as charring the insides of the casks well before they are filled.
- (of soil, UK, dated) Alkaline.
- Pleasing to the eye; beautiful; mild and attractive; fair.
- a sweet face
- a sweet colour or complexion
- 1667, John Milton, Paradise lost (source), Samuel Simmons, page 278:
- Sweet interchange / Of hill and valley, rivers, woods, and plains.
- An intensifier.
- 2014, Rexanne Becnel, Leaving L.A., page 12:
- For someone who hadn't seen her only sister in over twenty years, Alice sure took her sweet time.
|Basic tastes in English (layout · text)|
- (having a taste of sugar): saccharine, sugary
- (containing a sweetening ingredient): sugared, sweetened
- (not having a salty taste): fresh, unsalty
- (having a pleasant smell): fragrant, odoriferous, odorous, perfumed, scented, sweet-scented, sweet-smelling
- (not decaying, fermented, rancid, sour, spoiled, or stale): fresh, unfermented, wholesome
- (having a pleasant sound): dulcet, honeyed, mellifluous, mellisonant
- (having a pleasing disposition): cute, lovable, pleasant
- (having a helpful disposition): kind, gracious, helpful, sensitive, thoughtful
- ((informal) very pleasing): rad, awesome, wicked
- (having a pleasant taste): bitter, sour, salty
- (containing a sweetening ingredient): nonsweet, sugarless, unsugared, unsweetened, unsweet
- (of wines: retaining a portion of natural sugar): dry
- (not decaying, fermented, rancid, sour, spoiled, or stale): decaying, fermented, rancid, sour, spoiled, stale
- (not having a salty taste): salty, savoury
- (free from excessive unwanted substances): sour
- (alkaline): sour
- ((informal) very pleasing): lame, uncool
- boiled sweet
- home sweet home
- short and sweet
- sickeningly sweet
- sickly sweet/sickly-sweet
- sweet action
- sweet alison
- sweet almond
- sweet alyssum
- sweet and sour
- sweet as
- sweet as a nut
- sweet as pie
- sweet ball
- sweet balm
- sweet basil
- sweet bay
- sweet bells
- sweet birch
- sweet bread
- sweet butter
- sweet calabash
- sweet cassava
- sweet cheeks
- sweet cherry
- sweet chocolate
- sweet cicely
- sweet cider
- sweet clover
- sweet coltsfoot
- sweet corn/sweet-corn/sweetcorn
- sweet cream
- sweet cup
- sweet dreams
- sweet elder
- sweet FA
- sweet fern
- sweet flag
- sweet four o'clock
- sweet gale
- sweet goldenrod
- sweet grass
- Sweet Grass County
- sweet gum tree
- sweet hereafter
- Sweet Home
- sweet iron
- sweet leaf
- sweet lemon
- sweet lime
- sweet marjoram
- sweet Mary
- sweet melon
- sweet nothings
- sweet oil
- sweet on
- sweet orange
- sweet pea
- sweet pepper
- sweet pickle
- sweet potato
- sweet rocket
- sweet roll
- sweet scabious
- sweet science
- sweet shrub
- sweet sixteen
- Sweet Sixteen
- sweet sorghum
- sweet spot
- sweet sultan
- sweet talker
- sweet tea
- sweet tooth
- sweet unicorn plant
- sweet vermouth
- sweet vetch
- sweet violet
- sweet water
- sweet wattle
- sweet william/Sweet William
- sweet woodruff
- sweet young thing
- winter sweet
- Used as a positive response to good news or information.
- They're making a sequel? Ah, sweet!
sweet (comparative more sweet, superlative most sweet)
- In a sweet manner.
- c. 1595–1596 (date written), William Shakespeare, “Loues Labour’s Lost”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act I, scene i]:
- "and, sweet my child, let them be men of good repute and carriage."
(and, my child, allow them sweetly to be men with good reputations and conduct)
- (in a sweet manner): sweetly
sweet (countable and uncountable, plural sweets)
- (uncountable) The basic taste sensation induced by sugar.
- (countable, Britain) A confection made from sugar, or high in sugar content; a candy.
- (countable, Britain) A food eaten for dessert.
- Can we see the sweet menu, please?
- Synonym of sweetheart, a term of affection.
- 1611, Ben[jamin] Jonson, Catiline His Conspiracy, London: […] [William Stansby?] for Walter Burre, →OCLC, (please specify |act=I to V):
- Wherefore frowns my sweet?
- 1936 Aug., Ernest Hemingway, "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber", Cosmopolitan:
- "You think that I'll take anything."
"I know you will, sweet..."
"There wasn't going to be any of that. You promised there wouldn't be."
"Well, there is now," she said sweetly.
- "You think that I'll take anything."
- Good evening, my sweet.
- (obsolete) That which is sweet or pleasant in odour; a perfume.
- 1667, John Milton, “Book V”, in Paradise Lost. […], London: […] [Samuel Simmons], […], →OCLC; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, →OCLC:
- a wilderness of sweets
- (obsolete) Sweetness, delight; something pleasant to the mind or senses.
- 1613, John Marston; William Barksted, The Insatiate Countess, III.2:
- Fear's fire to fervency, which makes love's sweet prove nectar.
- (sweet taste sensation): See sweetness
- (food that is high in sugar content): bonbon, candy (US), confection, confectionery, lolly (Australia)
- (food eaten for dessert): See dessert
- The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout § Translations.
sweet (third-person singular simple present sweets, present participle sweeting, simple past and past participle sweeted)
- (obsolete or poetic) To sweeten.
- 1825, John Breckinridge & C.R. Harrison, Western Luminary ... - Volume 1, page 318:
- In size and shape it resembles the heart of a calf, and the interior substance is similar to thick cream, sweeted with fine sugar.
- 1890, The Cincinnati Lancet-clinic - Volume 63, page 331:
- It might also be given in the form of a mixture — the drug being insoluble in a watery menstruum — suspended by the aid of mucilage and sweeted by any of the various flavoring syrups.
- 1997, Morag Styles, From the Garden to the Street, →ISBN:
- Bring me now where the warm wind blows, where the grasses sigh, where the sweet-tongued blossom flowers; where the shower, fan soft like a fishermans net thrown through the sweeted air.
- 2012, Keith Ringkamp, PATIENCE WORTH: A Balm for Every Ill, →ISBN, page 34:
- A sour maketh sweets two-fold sweeted.
From Dutch zweet, from Middle Dutch sweet, from Old Dutch *sweit, *swēt, from Proto-Germanic *swait-, from Proto-Indo-European *sweyd-.
- Daar was baie sweet op haar voorhoof.
- There was a lot of sweat on her forehead.
From Dutch zweten, from Middle Dutch swêten.
sweet (present sweet, present participle swetende, past participle gesweet)
- to sweat
From Old Dutch *swēt, from Proto-Germanic *swait-.
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- “sweet”, in Vroegmiddelnederlands Woordenboek, 2000
- Verwijs, E.; Verdam, J. (1885–1929), “sweet”, in Middelnederlandsch Woordenboek, The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff, →ISBN
From Middle English swete, from Old English swēte, from Proto-West Germanic *swōtī.
- 1867, “THE WEDDEEN O BALLYMORE”, in SONGS, ETC. IN THE DIALECT OF FORTH AND BARGY, number 2:
- Hea marreet dear Phielim to his sweet Jauane.
- He married dear Phelim to his sweet Joan.
- Jacob Poole (1867), William Barnes, editor, A Glossary, With some Pieces of Verse, of the old Dialect of the English Colony in the Baronies of Forth and Bargy, County of Wexford, Ireland, London: J. Russell Smith, page 94
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